Thursday, January 19, 2017

Gelli Arts® Printed Valentine Hearts

Hello! Birgit here today with some fun ideas to surprise your loved one!
There are still a couple of weeks until Valentine’s Day so you have enough time to create something nice for your special person.


So get out your Gelli® plate and all the pink and red paints, washi tapes, heart stencils and stamps you can find!


I used sewing pattern paper to print on because it is thin enough to bend around wire but thick enough to not tear. You can also use parchment paper with the same effect.

Start with printing a bunch of first layers. In this first round you don’t have to add any texture from stencils or stamps yet. But of course you can if you like. Use at least 2 or 3 colors to get interesting prints. 



When you have a whole bunch move on to printing the second layer.
I started with adding paint to the Gelli® plate, laying stencils on top and then pull a print.



Then I removed the stencils and pulled a second print on a new piece of background paper.



For some other papers I used stamps. I covered only half of the Gelli® plate with paint, then stamped in that area to lift off the paint and stamped again in the uncovered area to leave the paint on the plate again. This way you get a negative and a positive image of the same stamp. 


Now take some thin, bendable wire and create heart shapes. Create some with a “stem’ at the bottom and some without one.

Cut pieces of printed paper into heart shapes just a little bigger than the wire shapes.
Lay them right side down and apply Matte Medium on the back. Now place the wire heart on top and fold the paper around the wire.








The hearts with a “stem” need a heart on the back too. Cut a heart shape a little smaller than the wire heart and glue it on the back with Matte Medium to cover up the folds and the backside of the paper.


The heart without a stem are now ready to use, for instance on cards.
Use skewers to create heart flowers. Adhere them to the wire hearts with some washi tape, then cover the whole skewer with washi tape.




Now you can display them in a vase or small bottle. Or how about adding them to a bouquet of white tulips?!
Happy Valentine's Day!!
- Birgit




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PS: Please—share your prints with us on our Facebook page, or on Instagram using the hashtag #gelliprint #gelliarts and #gelliplate. Tag us with @gelliarts on Instagram and Twitter too! We love to see what you're creating!!

Remember, we now have Gelli® partners all over the world, so it's easier than ever to find a Gelli® retailer near you!



Thursday, January 5, 2017

Gelli Arts® Printed Snow Globe


Hi there! Happy New Year!

I don’t know if it’s winter where you are, but there was snowfall in some parts of the Netherlands this week. Unfortunately, not in the city where I live, so I decided to create my own winter wonderland instead!


These simple paper snow globes are especially fun to create with kids. They can turn their own winter drawing into a mask and then puzzle to make gelli® prints!


Step 1:
Draw a circle on a sheet of drawing paper and then sketch a winter scene into the circle. Keep the sketch as simple as possible: just a few basic shapes, there is no need for detail!


Step 2:
Cut the sketch into masks. I cut out the trees, the house, the mountains and the sky first - in the video you can see that I kept the ground part together until later when I was ready to print that part.


Step 3:
Choose opaque paint colors. Also try and keep to a limited palette of colors that mix well so you don’t have to clean the plate in between prints unless it’s absolutely necessary.



Step 4:
Take a sheet of black paper and start gelli® printing!


Use the masks like a puzzle: decide which part you want to print, add the paint color you want to print with onto the plate, make marks if you want, put the mask on the plate leaving out the part you want to print and then pull the print!



Start with the trees and the house, then move on to the mountains and the sky. Print the snowy ground last, because you may want to clean the plate before you print that part.



Be sure to line up the mask and the paper you’re printing on with either the gelli® plate or the grid on your cutting mat, so you know where to place the paper each time you print another section.

If your work surface doesn’t have a grid, then mark it off with some (washi) tape that you can remove easily when done.



Step 5:
Cut the print into a circle and fill in the details with paint markers and pencil.

Step 6:
Assemble a snow globe. Take a 4” x 6” double notecard and cut a rounded edge on each side. I cut the first edge freehand and then I used the cut-off piece as a template.



Open up the card and fold the sides inwards towards the middle crease.



Add glue to one of the new flaps and fold the card into a little stand for the snow globe.



Back the print with card stock if needed and adhere it to the stand. 



Give it a place where you can see it, grab a cup of hot cocoa and dream of a winter wonderland!




- Marsha



Materials
Gelli Arts®:

Other:
Drawing paper
Black paper
Red double note cards
Acrylic paint (Royal Talens Amsterdam: Burnt Umber, 
Neutral Grey, Olive Green Light, Titanium White, 
Turquoise Blue, Winsor & Newton Galeria: Sap Green)
Paint marker (Derwent Graphik Line Painter Fox, 
UniPosca: white, yellow, orange)
Graphite pencil
Compasses
Embossing folder (Cuttlebug)

Glue stick


PS: Please—share your prints with us on our Facebook page, or on Instagram using the hashtag #gelliprint #gelliarts and #gelliplate. Tag us with @gelliarts on Instagram and Twitter too! We love to see what you're creating!!

Remember, we now have Gelli® partners all over the world, so it's easier than ever to find a Gelli® retailer near you!





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